Squarespace SEO Academy: Chapter Three - How to Submit a Site Map to Google and Get Your Squarespace Website Verified
To harness the power and benefits of Google Search Console (your one-stop shop for webmaster and SEO tools), you’ll need to verify your site with Google.
But … where do you start? And what do you do?
Don’t worry – we’ve got you!
How to get your Squarespace site verified
A published Squarespace site (trial sites are hidden from search engines).
A Google account to sign up for Search Console.
Removing any page passwords or site-wide passwords on your site.
Double-checking your third-party domain is connected properly.
Waiting 72 hours after connecting your third-party domain before verifying it with Google.
Then, all you have to do is:
Login to Google Search Console
Choose ‘Settings’ in the Home Menu
Select ‘Connected Accounts’
Choose ‘Connect Account’
Click ‘Google Search Console’
Log in to your Google account
And you’re all set up! Easy, huh?
Once you’re done (and feeling super tech savvy), you can jump in and amplify your SEO by submitting your sitemap to Google.
Don’t panic – we’ve got a guide for that too.
How to submit your sitemap to Google
First, why bother submitting a sitemap? Great question! The main purpose of a sitemap is to support Google in indexing your site.
Indexing basically means that a Google bot trawls your site and gobbles up your keywords, page titles and content before crunching some mysterious numbers and deciding where – and how – you should rank in search engine results.
To maximise your chances of appearing on the first page of results, you’ll want to ensure your site is indexed thoroughly by – drum roll – submitting your sitemap!
Ready to give it a go? Here’s how.
Step one: Login to Google Search Console.
Step two: Choose your site from the property menu in the top left corner.
Step three: Select ‘sitemaps’.
Step four: Type sitemap.xml in the ‘Add a new sitemap’ area.
Step five: Click submit.
And you’re done! Yep – it’s THAT easy. Squarespace is clever and automatically generates a sitemap for you, so all you need to do is let Google know it’s available.
Just another reason why we adore Squarespace.
Ready for more?
In our next episode of Squarespace SEO Academy, we’ll share a simple Squarespace SEO checklist that’ll help you confirm you’re on the right track with your SEO.
Need a helpful video guide to the basics?
Check out our Squarespace SEO 101 tutorial, below!